Morbidelli Denies Marquez in Sachsenring Qualifying

Franco Morbidelli - Photo Credit: Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

Franco Morbidelli took a dramatic pole position for Sunday’s German Moto2 Grand Prix after snatching top spot from the grasp of team-mate Alex Marquez in the dying seconds of qualifying. Two heavy downpours, one prior to the session and another midway through, saw the conditions change rapidly but with the circuit drying late on, Morbidelli’s last gasp flyer would win the day.

In the early stages, it looked as though Miguel Oliveira was on course for his and KTM’s second pole of the season with the Portuguese rider clocking a 1:34.388 prior to the second rain shower. It wasn’t until the final ten minutes that conditions improved sufficiently for the other riders to challenge him but once they did, a frantic dash was on.

The major shock came from debutant Hector Garzo who regularly figured among the top three riders. The teenage Spaniard, replacing the injured Xavi Vierge, was following Morbidelli around the Sachsenring and at times, even outpacing the championship leader as he threatened a shock result.

Provisional pole changed hands repeatedly in the closing seconds with Sandro Cortese delighting the home crowd with a 1:32.536 but the Dynavolt rider was knocked off the top by Marquez shortly after the chequered flag was flown, leaving Cortese with no right of reply. Marquez was equally powerless as Morbidelli pulled out a blistering final sector to snatch pole by a quarter of a second, leading a Marc VDS 1-2.

Cortese completes the front row with Mattia Pasini heading row two, just ahead of the sensational Garzo and long-time polesitter Oliveira. Championship challenger Thomas Luthi starts seventh ahead of Simone Corsi and Fabio Quartararo while Francesco Bagnaia rounds out the top ten.


Moto2 GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland – Qualifying

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
121. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:32.159
273. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:32.412
311. Sandro CorteseSuterDynavolt Intact GP1:32.536
454. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team1:32.678
514. Hector GarzoTech 3Tech 3 Racing1:32.747
644. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:32.801
712. Thomas LuthiKalexCarXpert Interwetten1:32.831
824. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing1:33.074
940. Fabio QuartararoKalexPons HP 401:33.194
1042. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR461:33.313
1155. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia1:33.322
1249. Axel PonsKalexRW Racing GP1:33.552
1323. Marcel SchrotterSuterDynavolt Intact GP1:33.656
1487. Remy GardnerTech 3Tech 3 Racing1:33.724
1510. Luca MariniKalexForward Team1:33.857
1645. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexTeluru SAG Team1:33.907
1777. Dominique AegerterSuterKiefer Racing1:33.908
189. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto21:33.979
1937. Augusto FernandezSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing1:34.105
2019. Xavier SimeonKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto21:34.130
2141. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:34.190
2257. Edgar PonsKalexPons HP 401:34.285
2368. Yonny HernandezKalexAGR Team1:34.392
245. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team1:34.568
2530. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia1:34.788
262. Jesko RaffinKalexCarXpert Interwetten1:35.028
2762. Stefano ManziKalexSky Racing Team VR461:35.191
286. Tarran MackenzieSuterKiefer Racing1:35.634
2932. Isaac VinalesKalexBE-A-VIP SAG Team1:36.021
3027. Iker LecuonaKalexGarage Plus Interwetten1:36.770
3142. Federico FuligniKalexForward Team1:37.733
NQ89. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia1:41.650